Quita Snyder was named Volunteer of the Year 2001 during a prayer service at St. Mary's Schools Wednesday during their National Appreciation Day for Catholic Schools.
Snyder received a plaque and Principal Kathleen Hansen explained that Snyder "Goes over and above what is asked of her." She devotes her time whenever she is asked and when she sees a need.
Hansen said volunteers are the backbone of the programs at St. Mary's. She said, "Even if you aren't receiving an award today, you are appreciated."
Snyder spends many hours tabulating and collecting the hundreds of pink sales slips from Hy-Vee for the Shop Smart for Education program which runs from September through June. She also tabulates the General Mills Box Tops for Education seals.
Snyder recognized the potential of the General Mills program and initiated class competitions for collecting box tops. She also provides food for the winning class parties through the competition.
In the past, she has served as a room mother and coordinated a program to receive AT&T points for long-distance calling. The school has received numerous software through her efforts in this program.
Hansen also said that Snyder is always willing to help with various events at the school such as chaperoning or baking bars for a reception.
Snyder has three daughters who are attending St. Mary's Schools and two sons who are graduates of the school. Her husband, Mark, is also a graduate of St. Mary's.
When she is not volunteering, Snyder works part-time in the St. Mary's Development office.